College students need to put a lot of time into their studies while they're at school if they want to do well. But, with many distractions around campus, it can be hard to find a place where you can study in peace. It seems like no matter where you go on campus, it's difficult to be alone. And, if you're the type of student that needs that solidarity in order to focus on your studies, then you'll need to find a way to create your own study space, away from all of those distractions and with the limited space you have.

How to Create a Study Space Without a Desk

Even though most dorm rooms come with a desk, you might need to use it to put your TV or microwave on, especially if the amount of space you have is limited. Luckily, there are other ways to make a study space for yourself even when a desk isn't an option. One way is to buy a lap desk that you can use in your bed. With a lap desk, you can lay a textbook, a notebook and a laptop right on your lap so that it's comfortable. You can also buy a bed pocket which is like a folder which clips onto the side of your bed. In there, you can put your other study materials, so you can have easy access to them while you study.

How to Make a Study Space in a Small Room

Whether you decide to make a study space in your dorm room or the common area in your building, it's likely that you won't have a lot of space to work with. Therefore, you have to make the area as conducive as possible, with those limited resources. To do this, you can put tables together to make a desk. If you have to, sit on the floor with your back against the wall if the tables are too low to sit at with a chair. You can also pull a chair up to your bed in your dorm room. Of course, you can also ask your roommate if you can move the furniture in your dorm room around so that you both have access to a larger study space, although it may be shared.

How to MaintainĀ a Productive Study Space

Once you figure out the logistics of your small study space, you'll need to find ways to stay productive with limited distractions. The first rule is to keep your study space clean and organized at all times. Since you're creating a study space out of a small area, it's essential that you keep it tidy.

Additionally, make sure any potential distractions are out of reach, and ensure that the room is well-lit. If your roommate needs to sleep and you have to study, keep a small lamp near your study space that won't disrupt your roommate. It might also be a good idea to situate your study space away from a noisy area or from a window, where you might easily get turned away from your work.

How to Make a Study Room Look Good

The better a study room looks, the better you're going to feel in it. Aesthetics can help someone focus more if it's done right. A study space doesn't have to be bland, but it shouldn't be cluttered either. If you're figuring out how to make a study room look good, try to incorporate meaningful study space ideas. Get pencil cases or cups to put your writing utensils in. Consider investing in a wireless mouse. Get book holders to keep your textbooks on your desk (if you have one). Perhaps get a small coffee maker or electric kettle (if allowed) to make yourself coffee or tea. Get a comfortable cushion for your chair, and maybe put up small posters for motivation. Consider getting a whiteboard, bulletin board or calendar to hang up in your room to keep track of deadlines and exams.

Alternatively, Utilize Public Spaces

Another way to create your own study area is by utilizing public spaces, both on campus and off campus. While neither of these will technically be "your" study space, you can easily make it feel like yours if you find the right spot. Consider the library on campus. Perhaps you can find your own corner of the library that really feels like your own. Also, most university libraries have private rooms you can reserve for the day so that you can concentrate on your studies. You can also find a spot on the lawn, beneath a tree, or at a coffee shop off campus, where you can feel comfortable studying.

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Hana LaRock is a freelance content writer from New York, currently living in Mexico. She has spent the last 5 years traveling the world and living abroad and has lived in South Korea and Israel. Before becoming a writer, Hana worked as a teacher for several years in the U.S. and around the world. She has her teaching certification in Elementary Education and Special Education, as well as a TESOL certification. Hana spent a semester studying abroad at Tel Aviv University during her undergraduate years at the University of Hartford. She hopes to use her experience to help inform others. Please visit her website,, to learn more.